Kalibo, Aklan. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Aklan and the Aklan Guidance Counselors Network (GCNet) conducted a Career Advocacy Symposium last January 16, 2019 at ABL Sports Complex, Capitol Site, Kalibo, Aklan.
The symposium with the theme “Exploring Possibilities and Opportunities for Filipinos in the 21st Century” focused on the challenges faced by Filipino workers to remain competitive and at par with employment and competency trends. The activity also highlighted the opportunities available for those who can muster their strengths and skills to further their career perspectives.
Ms. Carmela M. Abellar, Head of Aklan Field Office said that the symposium was also a good opportunity for DOLE to educate and guide the students towards an employable career path. Topics such as overseas employment, entrepreneurship, labor market information and employment trends were discussed to give the participants an overview of the career prospects available for them.
Abellar also stated that the idea to conduct such activity initially came from Atty. Jalilo O. Dela Torre, Labor Attache of POLO Hongkong. Atty. Dela Torre along with his colleagues and alumni from Kalibo Pilot Elementary School Batch ‘69, Alan Colle High School, Aklan Academy High School, Kalibo Institute, Northwestern Visayan Colleges and Roxas Memorial College of Arts and Trades High School Batches ’73 extended their support for the conduct of the symposium as part of their 50th Joint Grand Reunion
The symposium was participated by thirty-nine (39) various public and private High Schools and Colleges in the Province with 703 Grade 12 and College graduating students and 48 Guidance Counselors and Teachers.